More than 130 medical students and faculty gathered at the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences to celebrate the National Osteopathic Medical Students (OMS) Day of Wellness on February 10.
The day, organized by the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (MU-COM) Wellness League and Student Government Association (SGA), included wellness stations, healthy snacks, and Counseling and Consultation Services.
“I hope that students learned to take time for their own mental and physical wellbeing,” Adam Davis, vice president of the SGA, said. “Medical school can be stressful, but with the community of care that we have built here at MU-COM, our students know that they never have to deal with this stress alone. They can always reach out to fellow students or even faculty when in need of help or support.”
The celebration is part of a larger initiative by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s (AACOM) Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents to openly discuss awareness of medical mental health.
“I hope this day gave students some time to reflect and learn that mental health can be just as important as physical health,” Tim McCall, president of SGA, said.
That day, MU-COM also presented Back on My Feet with a check for $1,500 from the 2016 Celebration of Wellness. Back on My Feet is a local organization that helps homeless people get “back on their feet” through running, job training, and housing resources.
This year’s Celebration of Wellness 5K is on Saturday, April 22 and will be a part of the WTHR Health and Fitness Expo. There’s still time to sign up.
Resources for Students
The Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) office at Marian University offers experienced professionals who can help you explore many different concerns. At the CCS we realize anxiety, depression, and a host of other personal struggles can often prevent students from obtaining their full potential. Many students also visit the CCS to explore life transitions, social, academic and career concerns. To help students overcome obstacles and achieve a healthy well-being, the CCS provides individual and group counseling, career counseling, outreach and consultation, and crisis services.